The English Department encourages students to engage in individualized study. With the approval of the department chair and permission of a professor who will help direct the study, the student designs an in-depth look at a topic in literature, language, or critical theory, leading to a substantial paper, series of essays, or creative project. Below is a list of a few recent independent studies:
- "The Misogynistic Tradition: A Female Voice Responds: A Comparison of Women's Lives as Represented by Boccaccio, Chaucer and Christine de Pizan."
- "Communications and Manuel De Landa's 1000 Years of Nonlinear History."
- "Studies in Twentieth Century Latin American Fiction: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, Isabel Allende & Luisa Valenzuela."
- "Sampling Soseki."
- "Tim O'Brian and Truth."
- "Man and the Machine: Images of Artificial Intelligence in Stanley Kubrick Films."
- "The Bible as Literature."
- "Understanding O'Neill's Guilt."
- "Celtic Myth and Christian Beliefs in Contemporary Irish Literature"
- "19th Century Russian Literature"
- "Modern Russia: Peter the Great to Pushkin"
- "Comparisons between the Southern Grotesque and Contemporary Dystopian Literature"
- "American 1920s Expatriate Literature"
- "Contemporary Japanese Literature"
- "Health and Fitness Journalism"
- "Effect of Social Media on Social Movements"
- "Sexual Transitions in the Long 18th Century"
- "Fictional Bodies, Textual Selves: A Crisis of Control in the 19th Century Novel"
- "Write Drunk, Edit Sober: Creating a Book of Poetry"
Communication studies major Wil Cleaveland was recognized with an award for his paper analyzing TV news coverage of third party candidates.